Antifungal properties of Coconut Oil
There are many health benefits that the Coconut has to offer, from its nourishing milk, filtered water and nutritious flesh to the versatile oil, the Coconut is a full meal in itself. The oil is especially important for the Candida sufferer as it is one of the most powerful antifungals there is, containing 3 fatty acids Lauric acid, Capric acid and Caprylic acid. All of these have been found to be excellent in elimination of fungal yeasts in several clinical studies. Institute of Biology, Iceland, Medical Microbiology & Parasitology UCHN.
Some people find the flavour of Coconut too strong to use in their cooking often and there are Caprylic acid supplements on the market that will deliver the similar benefits to natural Coconut Oil, however, we feel that the whole food approach will give you the best results. Try to use small amounts often in your cooking.
Using Coconut oil in your cooking
Unlike many cooking oils, Coconut Oil is very heat stable and does not degrade into harmful trans-fats at high temperatures. It doesn’t have a strong flavour when cooked with so use it as you would Olive Oil. It does become solid at room temperature so isn’t suitable for dressings though.
Baking with Coconut flour
Coconut flour can be successfully added to many baking recipes to add anti-fungal properties to your favorite foods. Coconut bread makes an excellent snack while on the Anti Candida Diet Plan and can be used to bulk up the calorific profile of the diet if you find you are losing weight. You will find that baking with Coconut Flour will keep you full for longer due to its slow release carbohydrates and high fiber content.
Coconut Bread Recipe
Ingredients (serves 6)
- 2 eggs
- 300ml Almond or rice milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (sugar free)
- 375g (2 1/2 cups) coconut flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
- 150g shredded coconut
- 75g unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 21 x 10cm loaf pan.
- Lightly whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla in a bowl. Sift flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a separate, large bowl. Add coconut and stir until just combined. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and gradually stir in the egg mixture until just combined.
- Add melted butter and stir until mixture is just smooth (do not over-mix). Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Set aside in the pan for 5 minutes to cool, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Serve in thick slices.
Coconut oil supplements
Compared with many anti-fungal products on the market, Coconut Oil is very cost effective and is just as effective. You can simply take 1 or 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in the morning while on the diet plan as you main anti-fungal supplement. You should find that you feel the symptoms of the die- off when you do this, but you can increase the dosage further if you need to. You can experience diarrhea or stomach cramps if you take too much, but your digestive system can handle considerable amounts before you’ll feel these effects.
You can also use Coconut Oil as an effective ‘oil pulling’ remedy. This is a technique you can use to treat Oral Thrush. Take 3 or 4 tablespoons of oil and rinse it around your mouth for 2 minutes, then spit. Repeat 2 to 3 times a day as necessary as an effective, natural treatment for Oral Thrush.
As we mentioned earlier, Coconut Oil has many health benefits that go beyond your Candida treatment. You should consider building it into your regular diet as it has cholesterol reducing properties, helps nourish you hair, skin and nails and has been shown to improve eczema and other skin conditions.